United kingdom-funded drone deliveries aim to save moms, babies in Tanzania


LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Drones of delivery of blood and medicine in the rural areas of Tanzania, can contribute to saving the lives of many mothers and newborn babies in a country where one of the biggest causes of maternal mortality and the loss of blood during childbirth, the united kingdom aid department said.

The Department for International Development (DFID), whereby the funding for the trial to start early next year, said that the drone deliveries could help more than 50,000 births per year in the East African country.

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The drones would be capable of up to 1 kg (2 lb) of medical supplies and faster delivery times, and 19 minutes of the 110 minutes average vehicle. DFID said.

“The united kingdom is in the forefront of investing in cutting-edge technology to tackle the global challenges of today, such as disease pandemics, medical emergencies and disaster relief,” says Priti Patel, BRITISH international development secretary.

“This innovative, modern approach that ensures that we achieve the best results for the poorest people and delivering value for money for British taxpayers,” she said in a statement on Thursday.

The seasonal floods in Tanzania may make it impossible for cars and motorcycles to deliver emergency blood supplies to the health clinics in the countryside in time to save lives.

The drones fly at 150 meters (500 feet) above the ground, can reach areas up to 75 km (47 miles) from the centre of the blood bank in the Tanzanian capital Dodoma, DFID said.

DFID said it was also testing drones to map areas of Nepal that are prone to flooding, landslides, and avalanches to improve response in emergencies.

“To get help to people quickly when these disasters strike it is essential to know exactly where the medical facilities are and what the condition of the local road network,” DFID said.

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